On May 25, 2022, Mary E. Marsden passed away after a brave battle with cancer.
Throughout her life she was a valiant and courageous woman. In a time when women were trying to find their place and voice in this world, 50 years ago, Mary took the lead, renovated and developed 11 small summer cabins on Beach Road in Salisbury and turned it into a year-round 22 unit motel and cottage complex called the Beach Grove Cabins.
She was admired for her tenacity and resilience. Her warm smile welcomed those from near and far and if you were a traveler, you could trust she was going to make sure your room was clean, and you enjoyed your stay. In the world of business, she was sharp and shrewd and loved cajoling and collaborating with others in the community.
In 1955 she was bonded into the United States from Newfoundland, Canada by her sister Ethel Hoyt. Mary was one of the younger children in a family of 17. She proudly earned her United States citizenship and kept her Irish heritage and Newfoundland roots alive, sharing her traditions with all who knew and loved her, especially her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren through her harmonica and accordion, which she loved to play, her stories, Newfoundland folklore, music, and dancing.
Mary is survived by her three children, Diane Geyer of Saco, Maine, Milon “Chuck” Marsden of Hampton, NH, and David and Cassie Marsden of Raymond, NH, her grandchildren Michael Geyer of Derry, NH, and his three children, Adam Geyer and his wife Ashley and their daughter in Stowe, Vermont, Chad and Amanda Marsden of Hampton, NH and in remembrance Jake and Tiana Marsden. She also leaves her sister Florence, her husband Mike, their daughter and her family, still residing in Newfoundland, Canada.
Family and friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00PM on Tuesday May 31, 2022 at the Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home 193 High St. Newburyport, MA 01950. THERE IS NO LONGER ANY PARKING AVAILABLE BEHIND THE FUNERAL HOME PER ORDER OF THE CITY OF NEWBURYPORT. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Wednesday June 1, 2022 at Star of the Sea Beach Chapel 140 North End Blvd, Salisbury. Burial will be private at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Mary’s name to The Pettengill House, Inc., 21 Water Street, Ste. 4A, Amesbury, MA 01913.
For directions or to offer online condolences please visit www.tlcfuneralhome.com